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Stronger Than Expected

Stronger-than-expected Hurricane Alex grazes Outer Banks, cutting power and flooding road

The first hurricane of the season is now back out at sea but not before leaving its mark on parts of North Carolina. Hurricane Alex brushed North Carolina's coast yesterday, cutting power to thousands and flooding Hatteras Island's only link to the mainland.

Many said Alex was a lot stronger than they were expecting. One traveling salesman says if he had known it was going to be so intense, he would have stayed in Kitty Hawk. The eye of the storm -- with winds of 100 miles-per-hour --just barely passed by Cape Hatteras, leaving the strongest wind and heaviest rain out at sea. Still, the island town of Beaufort, between the mainland and the Outer Banks, got more than five inches of rain. No injuries are reported but the National Guard was called in to help along some parts of the coast.

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